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Flashback Friday: 1980s Clay Saturn Concepts

Flashback Friday: 1980s Clay Saturn Concepts

Some interesting artifacts from the past are being resurrected in preparation for GM's 100th anniversary celebration next month. This image from the General Motors archives reportedly shows three different Saturn clay models on display at the GM Tech Center in Warren, Michigan sometime in 1983.

Flashback Friday: 2000 Saturn CV1 Concept

Flashback Friday: 2000 Saturn CV1 Concept

The CV1 - so named because it was Saturn's first real concept vehicle - explored new vehicle packaging and design features, many of which would end up playing an important role as Saturn grew its product lineup. Notable features found on the CV1 that eventually made it into production on other Saturn vehicles were the center-mounted instrument cluster (Ion), continuously variable transmission (Ion and Vue), flat-folding passenger seat (Vue), all-wheel-drive (Vue and Outlook), and LED tail-lights (Aura).

Flashback Friday: the "Trendsetting" Spring Hill Manufacturing Complex

Aerial Photo of the Former Saturn Plant

As part of its look back on General Motors' past 100 years, Assembly Magazine recently profiled what it considered to be "four trendsetting GM facilities that have opened in the United States since Richard Nixon was president." Among the plants discussed was the former Saturn plant in Spring Hill, Tennessee. This "new kind of assembly plant" run by GM's different kind of car company, incorporated some of the best features from factories around the world, and offered some very unique innovations of its own. Many of the lessons learned in Spring Hill have been adopted in other newer GM plants, like the Lansing Delta Township factory in Michigan where the Saturn Outlook is made.

Flashback Friday: The Last Saturn Ion

Flashback Friday: The Last Saturn Ion

You don't have to think too far back to remember when the subject of this week's "Flashback Friday" was built. While the anniversary of the first Saturn to roll off the assembly line in Spring Hill, Tennessee is next week, I thought that this week it would be fitting to feature the last Saturn ever built at that plant.

Flashback Friday: Sketch of the Upcoming Saturn SC on a 1989 Cover of AutoWeek

Flashback Friday: Sketch of the Upcoming Saturn SC on a 1989 Cover of AutoWeek

An illustration of the 1991 Saturn SC coupe appeared on the cover of AutoWeek's January 9th, 1989 issue. Inside, Kevin Wilson authored an article entitled "Saturn Rising" that discussed what was known about the mysterious Saturn project at the time of publication.

Flashback Friday: 1993 "Multiply" Newspaper Ad

Flashback Friday: 1993 "Multiply" Newspaper Ad

This folksy Saturn newspaper advertisement was one of many used to promote Saturn's newly expanded 1993 model year lineup of S-Series vehicles. The ad featured many of Saturn's classic advertising elements from that time period, including a catchy headline, a prominent photo, and a few clever sentences written to make the reader feel right at home with Saturn. "Left to their own devices, they've been known to multiply," read the main heading of the text.

Flashback Friday: Restyled 2001 3-Door Coupe

Flashback Friday: Restyled 2001 3-Door Coupe

Saturn restyled its popular SC1 and SC2 3-door coupes for the 2001 model year and created this nifty brochure to tout the coupe's changes. "Three doors have never been so (dare we say it?) sexy," Saturn teased on the pages inside. "The third door on our three-door coupe means you don't have to be a contortionist to load and unload the back seat like you do with traditional two-doors."

Flashback Friday: 1994 Saturn SL2 Homecoming Sedan

Flashback Friday: 1994 Saturn SL2 Homecoming  Sedan

Pictured is the back page of the Saturn brochure printed to tout the 1994 Saturn Homecoming Commemorative Sedan. Saturn built a limited number of these special pearl white SL2 sedans to commemorate the brand's first homecoming celebration held at the Saturn plant in Spring Hill, Tennessee. The MSRP for the Homecoming SL2 was $15,650.

Flashback Friday: Saturn SC on the Cover of AutoWeek

Flashback Friday: Saturn SC on the Cover of AutoWeek

A 1991 Saturn SC was prominently featured on the cover of AutoWeek magazine's October 8, 1990 issue with the words "Liftoff - Saturn is Launched." Inside Mark Vaughn profiled the all-new Saturn compact sedans and coupes, discussed the company's unique philosophies, and interviewed former Saturn president Richard G. "Skip" LeFauve.

Flashback Friday: MotorWeek Tests a 1991 Saturn SL2

Watch this classic MotorWeek video review of Saturn's 1991 SL2 sports touring sedan. "Control design is top notch with everthing well-marked and falling easily into hand," said John Davis. "We loved the crisp, accurate shifter that's as good as anything from Honda."

Random Article from the SaturnFans.com Archives

Saturn of Tallahassee Files Lawsuit Against GM

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Bob Sura (NBA Photo)

On Friday, May 15th, Saturn of Tallahassee, co-owned by former Detroit Piston player Bob Sura, filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court of Florida against General Motors. According to the lawsuit, GM's decision to sell Saturn has both robbed the dealership of sales and violated their franchise agreement. Sales at Saturn of Tallahassee have dropped drastically over the past months. Their first quarter sales plunged 72 percent from just a year ago.